In five states alone — Florida, Texas, Illinois, South Carolina and Arizona — about 104,000 people are still waiting to get enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after trying to sign up through healthcare.gov, according to state officials and advocacy groups.
The healthcare.gov website used by 36 states has been unable to transfer income and other data from applications to the state agencies that run Medicaid, the state-federal program for low-income adults, and the children’s insurance program. As a result, tens of thousands of applicants have been left in limbo — without coverage that was supposed to begin Jan. 1.
State Medicaid officials in Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Arizona and Illinois say they have not been able to enroll anyone in Medicaid or CHIP directly from the healthcare.gov website.
“This is not what we were hoping to see,” said Greg Mellowe, policy director for Florida Chain, a consumer advocacy group.